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Solar PanelsSolar panels were once only available to the wealthiest homeowners but as they have increased in popularity, the price of the panels and installation has decreased and they are popping up more frequently on modestly priced homes. As they become more affordable for the average homeowner, you may want to learn more about solar options for your home.

Homeowners who choose to install solar panels on their homes will benefit in many ways. You may be eligible for tax credits and other rebates. In addition, you will save on the cost of electricity over time, which will help cover the cost of the solar panels depending on how long you own the home.

If you are selling a home that has solar panels, you may be able to sell your home for a higher price than

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Disc golf Bastrop TXSummer is almost here and that means getting outside for lots of fun. This weekend, there are many fun events taking place around Bastrop for you to get out and enjoy.  

Start your weekend early with a trip to the Elgin Farmer’s Market on Thursday, June 24 between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. in Veterans’ Memorial Park. The market includes fresh local produce, meat and a few other items.

On the 4th Saturday each month, you can enjoy Bastrop’s Big Sit at Fisherman’s Park between 8:30 and 11:00. Bring a chair or blanket, binoculars and anything else you need to gather with fellow bird lovers to watch and listen to nature’s fluttering friends.

The Bastrop Farmer’s Market takes place each Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Chestnut Street between the

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Bucket ListSummer often means dreaming of vacation but your bucket list may have more than exotic locations on it. For many of us, vacations are fun but we are looking for something that lasts longer than a week so it’s common to have a list of things you would like to upgrade at home or purchase for your home. You might even call it a bucket list for your home. If you don’t have a home bucket list, a few minutes scrolling a real estate website or Pinterest can help you put one together quickly. Here are some items that commonly appear on home bucket lists.

1. A kitchen remodel is a very popular wish among homeowners. If your kitchen was updated a decade or two (or maybe even three ago), this can make a huge difference in your home. Kitchen remodels can be

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Summer in the CityBastrop’s Summer in the City will be packed with fun and is sure to have something for everyone. From 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 19th head downtown for music, activities of all kinds and food and drinks. Some of the activities that you can enjoy will include mini golf, cornhole, sidewalk chalk art, oversized games, art vendors, City of Bastrop’s Touch-a-Truck event, the Bastrop County Animal Shelter with puppies to love (or adopt) and the Bastrop County Library  will be there promoting the Community Adventure Program and the Summer Reading Program. If anything in this list sounds fun to you, you need to be at Summer in the City.  

When: Saturday, June 19th, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: Historic Downtown Bastrop

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Home ImprovementThe pandemic of 2020 brought a surge in home improvement projects across the country and that is still going this year as well. The tight real estate market has pushed this further with some sellers making improvements to maximize their selling potential and other homeowners making home improvements in place of selling their home since the current listing inventory has made it challenging for many buyers to find a home to purchase. Here are three of the most common mistakes when making home improvements.  

1. Overdoing It

Remodeling can increase the value of your home but only if it’s done right. While you may want your home to stand out as the best one on the block, it shouldn’t be so different that it doesn’t fit in.

Remember that buyers choose

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Sip, Shop and Stroll Elgin, TXSummer nights call for fun and Elgin offers that on the second Thursday of each month with their Sip, Shop and Stroll event. Head to Historic Downtown Elgin for wine while you sip and stroll through the downtown shops. Plan to grab dinner from one of Downtown Elgin’s restaurants too and don’t forget the weekly farmer’s market. The Elgin Farmer’s Market is open weekly on Thursdays at Veterans’ Memorial Park from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

When: Thursday, June 10th 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: Historic Downtown Elgin

For more information about Sip, Shop and Stroll, click here. 

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Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and Smithville

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Selling your homeWith all the talk of homes selling for top prices and not enough homes for sale, you may be tempted to put your home on the market. While this isn’t a bad idea (please call The Janis Penick Team if you are considering this), selling your home spontaneously is never a good idea. Before you decide to list your home for sale, here are a few questions to ask yourself.

1. Where do you want to move?
In this market, fewer homes are available to purchase. If your criteria for a place to live is very unique or you are looking for something that is hard to find, this may not be the best time to sell.

2. Do you need more space than you have?  
If the size of your home doesn’t meet your current needs, this could be a great time to find a new home. With interest

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103 Affeld Lane, SmithvilleRocky Top Ranch! ~ Welcome to this stunningly beautiful property and home consisting of 118 +/- acres with lush pastures, scattered oaks and Loblolly pines. The custom 2,788 square foot home was built by Nalle Custom Homes on one of the highest points in Bastrop County and offers three bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath. The southern-style home was built to take advantage of the gorgeous views of the Colorado River valley and features wrap-around porches and a balcony to take it all in.

103 Affeld Lane, SmithvilleWide-plank long leaf pine floors sourced from Alabama add to the charm of the home. The beauty of the property is captured from every room with large windows, providing ample natural light. The great room includes an open living and dining area with a wall of

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Wizard of OzThere is no better way to spend an evening than with The Wizard of Oz. Grab your friends and family and take off on a journey down the yellow brick road with Dorothy and friends. Playhouse Smithville will bring this classic story to life at Smithville’s Railroad Park on June 3, 4, 10 and 11 with free performances each evening at 7:00 p.m.

When: June 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Railroad Park, 113 NW 1st Street, Smithville

For more information about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, click here. 

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area
Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and Smithville

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Buying a homeIf you’re moving to a new town, one aspect of finding a new home is choosing the right neighborhood. Each person is looking for something different when choosing a home but common things to consider are commute distance, schools and nearby amenities when you are selecting an area to live in. Here are three tips to help you in your selection.

1. Think About What is Most Important to You

Are you looking for the perfect picture of suburbia with tree-lined streets and children playing in the yards? Maybe you like the conveniences found near the heart of the city with all of the best places to eat and hang out close by. You might be concerned about the proximity to the Interstate so your commute will be easier or the distance to the schools your children

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